Hengistbury Head beach, Christchurch, Dorset
  • About

    Hengistbury Head is a headland jutting into the English Channel between Bournemouth and Christchurch, at the end is a spit that creates the narrow entrance to Christchurch Harbour.

    Hengistbury Head beach is a pebble beach below the imposing clay and ironstone cliffs, with the Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve separates Poole Bay and Christchurch Bay and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

    Not so much a beach holiday location but a good place to explore and go for walks along gravel paths throughout the nature reserve.

    Facilities include pay and display car park, toilets, cafe and the Hengistbury Head Centre.

    We have no current information on dog restrictions for Hengistbury Head Beach.

    Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 7 beaches around Christchurch, 55 beaches in Dorset, or check our list of Dorset Dog Friendly Beaches.

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  • Water Quality

    Bathing Water Quality

    Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
    • Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
    • Good: generally good water quality
    • Sufficient: meets minimum standards
    • Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.
  • Weather

    7-day Weather Forecast

    Light rain on Friday and Saturday, with temperatures rising to 14°C on Wednesday.

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     Partly cloudy in the morning.
     
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    Monday, Nov 20th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
     
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    Tuesday, Nov 21st
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    Wednesday, Nov 22nd
     Windy and mostly cloudy throughout the day.
     
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    Thursday, Nov 23rd
     Windy throughout the day and light rain overnight.
     
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    Friday, Nov 24th
     Windy until afternoon and light rain in the morning and afternoon.
     
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    Saturday, Nov 25th
     Dangerously windy and mostly cloudy until afternoon.
     
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    Sunday, Nov 26th
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